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eROSITA X-ray telescope launch
by Sarah Hönig published Jun 20, 2019 last modified Jul 15, 2019 12:33 PM — filed under: , ,
– Update 13 July 2019 – eROSITA, the main payload for the Russian-German “Spectrum-X-Gamma” mission, has been launched with a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 13 July. eROSITA will constrain the evolutionary properties of dark energy and discover millions of active galactic nuclei and thousands of compact objects in our Milky Way.
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Chemical element potassium detected in an exoplanet atmosphere
by Sarah Hönig published Sep 04, 2019 last modified Oct 28, 2019 02:53 PM — filed under: , ,
4 September 2019. A team of astronomers led by AIP PhD student Engin Keles detected the chemical element potassium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, for the first time with overwhelming significance and applying high-resolution spectroscopy. The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona was used to study the atmosphere on the Jupiter-like exoplanet HD189733b.
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16th Potsdam Thinkshop: The rotation periods of cool stars
by Sarah Hönig published Sep 19, 2019 last modified Dec 11, 2019 03:59 PM — filed under: , ,
From the 23rd to the 26th of September, more than 50 scientists meet at the 16th Potsdam Thinkshop on AIP’s campus in Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany. Each year, the event series of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) focuses on a different field of astrophysical research. This year, the topic is the rotation of stars, the study of which provides new insights into their behavior beyond the classical measures of distance and brightness.
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An overlooked piece of the solar dynamo puzzle
by Sarah Hönig published Oct 28, 2019 last modified Oct 28, 2019 10:28 AM — filed under: , ,
28 October 2019. A previously unobserved mechanism is at work in the Sun’s rotating plasma: a magnetic instability, which scientists had thought was physically impossible under these conditions. The effect might even play a crucial role in the formation of the Sun’s magnetic field, say researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the University of Leeds and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
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19 December | Starry Night in Babelsberg
by Sarah Hönig published Dec 13, 2019 last modified Jan 13, 2020 09:28 AM — filed under: ,
The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, 19 December 2019, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Genoveva Micheva with the title "What can "green peas" tell us about the first galaxies?". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
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Of harps, Christmas trees, a wandering star and the mysterious streams of cosmic rays
by Kristin Riebe published Dec 19, 2019 last modified Jan 07, 2020 05:01 PM — filed under: , ,
19 December 2019. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP), and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching (MPA), have investigated galactic radio objects that adopt shapes such as Christmas trees and harps. With the help of these objects, the old question of how cosmic radiation propagates could be answered.
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X-ray eye in space celebrates 20 years
by Sarah Hönig published Jan 20, 2020 last modified Jan 20, 2020 09:28 AM — filed under: , ,
20 January 2020. At the beginning of the millennium, the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton space telescope started observing the X-ray sky. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, scientists, including those at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), are now publishing new catalogues of all X-ray sources discovered with XMM-Newton.
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Total lunar eclipse: observing the Earth as a transiting planet
by Franziska Gräfe published Feb 28, 2020 last modified Mar 02, 2020 03:57 PM — filed under: , ,
2 March 2020. Astronomers succeeded in recording sunlight shining through the Earth’s atmosphere in a manner similar to the study of distant exoplanets. During the extraordinary occasion of a lunar eclipse, the Large Binocular Telescope observed the light that was filtered by the Earth’s atmosphere and reflected by the Moon in unique detail. In addition to oxygen and water, atomic spectral lines of sodium, calcium and potassium were detected in our atmosphere in this way first time.
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Science donates equipment to health care facilities
by Sarah Hönig published Apr 01, 2020 last modified Apr 01, 2020 01:49 PM — filed under: , ,
1 April 2020. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) provides protective equipment to fight the corona epidemic. The Minister of Science and Culture Manja Schüle hands over the utensils, which were collected at Brandenburg universities and non-university research institutions, to the mayor of Potsdam, Mike Schubert.
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AIP Schwarzschild Fellow Marcel Pawlowski receives Klaus Tschira Boost Fund
by Sarah Hönig published May 11, 2020 last modified May 12, 2020 10:39 AM — filed under: , ,
11 May 2020. Dr. Marcel Pawlowski, Schwarzschild Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), receives funding from the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the German Scholars Organisation for his research on the distribution of satellite galaxies around the Milky Way and the nature of dark matter.
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